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International Nonprofits taking donation hit in final days of 2016 giving Local Africa nonprofit, Well Aware, urges community to donate despite national trend.

December 27, 2016

AUSTIN,TEXAS, December 27, 2016 - Well Aware makes one final push for fundraising in 2016. 100 percent of all donations will go directly to the clean water initiative and will be matched by a generous donor through December 31. A donation as small as $10 will give one person a water for decades.

“10% of all donations each year are made in the last 3 days of the year. But this year, we’re anticipating a setback for international non-profits,” CEO and Founder Sarah Evans said. “With the public eye on US concerns, securing donations for international initiatives has been challenging in 2016, and we forecast this to continue into 2017. Well Aware is urging our local support to help us raise the majority of our 2017 funding by the end of 2016 to ensure our projects in our funding queue can be executed in time.”

Well Aware is also participating in a cutting-edge technology pilot next month in Kenya that they anticipate will increase water abundance by 30%, increase water system safety and allow Well Aware to track water...

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Austin Nonprofit Revolutionizes Clean Water Initiatives with New Mobile Technology

November 22, 2016

Well Aware Founder and CEO Sarah Evans named Toyota Mother of Invention; to be featured at the New York Times Fifth Annual Women in the World Summit

AUSTIN, TEXAS, November 22, 2016 - Austin-based non-profit Well Aware is launching a pilot program providing digital mobile technology to water well kiosks, enabling greater community water access, a forecasted 30 percent water conservation, markedly better community fund management, and access to detailed back-end data on water well usage, functionality, maintenance needs and savings. The new technology combined mobile-to-mobile banking, cellular service and kiosk operation will be done in partnership with east Africa-based Davis and Shirtliff, an long-standing supplies partner of Well Aware.

Since Well Aware began implementing projects in 2010, they have brought clean water to more than 140,000 people and are on track to nearly double that number in 2017 with the help of this new technology.

Sarah Evans, Founder and CEO of Well Aware, will be recognized by Toyota as the next Mother of Invention in New York City...

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Gusto Studios Christmas Art Sale and Benefit Concert

December 2, 2016 8pm

Gusto Studios Christmas Art Sale and Benefit Concert in South Austin by local Greg Davis - National Geographic Creative Photographer and music by this year's THE VOICE duet, Whitney & Shannon Dec 2nd 8pm-12pm.

The Voice 2016 Blind Audition - Whitney & Shannon: "Landslide"

Listen and Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnkFPB9stlM

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at: @whitneynshannon

Gusto Studios, a newly re-purposed studio, gallery and event space at 2309 Thornton Road #M, Austin, Texas 78704, presents a collection of fine art world travel photographs captured by Greg Davis. The studio will have a public Christmas Benefit Concert and Art Sale on the evening of December 2nd at 8pm-12am; with an open door the next two days on Dec. 3rd from 10am-5pm and Dec. 4th 10am-5pm. First-time viewing of the some of each of the artists’ unpublished works will also be included in the gallery show on the evening of the 2nd. Gusto will be sharing a...

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Life-saving Texas Water Charity Featured at Lone Star Film Festival

November 1, 2016

Life-saving Texas Water Charity Featured at Lone Star Film Festival

AUSTIN, TEXAS, November 1, 2016 - “Well Aware World” directed by Brad Feeser was chosen to premier in the Documentary Short film category at the Lone Star Film Festival. The short film was made in partnership with Well Aware, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Austin, Texas that provides innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa.

The Lone Star Film Festival (LSFF) in Sundance Square, an annual film event in North Texas will be held November 10 – 13, 2016. “Well Aware World” will be shown on November 10 to festival attendees for the first public screening of the film.

“Well Aware World” transports viewers to Kenya to see first-hand how Sarah Evans, Well Aware Founder and Executive Director, and the Well Aware team work with communities in Africa to fund and implement life-saving water systems. With less than 40% of water systems working in Africa, Evans sought to highlight the way that Well Aware implements water projects...

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Aurora Global to Advise NGO's for More Effective Use of Water Charity Money

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June 24, 2016

Founder and Executive Director of Nonprofit Well Aware Starts Aurora Global - Global Company to advise NGOs for more effective use of water charity money

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Sarah Evans, founder and executive director of water charity Well Aware, is expanding her reach in the global water crisis.

Evans created this month Aurora Global, a for-profit, social-good entity that advises NGO operations on successfully building and maintaining water systems anywhere in the world.

Aurora Global was born of necessity and inspired by insight in response to the significant inefficiency of the water charity sector. It provides technical and community expertise that many NGOs lack. Without interrupting client NGO operations or donor messaging, Aurora Global offers services ranging from brief consultations to entire project oversight. The new model utilizes the knowledge and experience from Well Aware’s 100 percent success rate and redirects wasted resources to more effective projects resulting in a greater impact to those in...

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The Art of Clean Water

May 12, 2016

Local Nonprofit Travels to Kenya to implement and evaluate life-saving water projects to thousands; Austin artists to witness, record community transformation.

Well Aware gives life-saving water as Austin artists create music, photography and film to document its social impact

AUSTIN – Local nonprofit Well Aware will be traveling with a team of 21 to Kenya May 31-June 15 to oversee and implement and evaluate multiple water projects that will run through the hands of more than 27,500 people. These life-changing clean water projects will be expressed in music and captured in video and photography by some of Austin’s top artists.

“Well Aware is ready to work with local staff and communities to oversee their wells that give clean water to so many,” said Well Aware Founder and Executive Director Sarah Evans. “We are also pleased to have a unique collaboration of talented, local artists join us on this trip to show the world how lives are changed through clean water.”

Well Aware will work with a team to drill one new...

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Dallas Cowboys Player Boycotts Bathing, Vows To ‘Stink It Up’ For Water Awareness

April 19, 2016

Devin Street gets dirty to give clean water to rural communities in East Africa

DALLAS – Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Devin Street is boycotting bathing to help raise funds for the nonprofit Well Aware that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Kenya.

Street joins hundreds of people in Dallas and beyond that are raising thousands of dollars to help build water systems through Texas-based nonprofit Well Aware’s Shower Strike which begins Earth Day April 22 through midnight April 30. The global annual fundraiser recruits volunteers to stop showering for one week or until they each raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water.

Street joins schools, businesses and other local celebrities across the country that are making a stink for water. The Patt Christopher Project, another Dallas-area striker - has raised funds for five water systems impacting more than 20,000 lives in East Africa during the past five years. This Shower Strike will fund their sixth water system.

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Austinites, Celebrities Boycott Bathing, Vow To ‘Stink It Up’ For Local Charity

April 15, 2016

Strikers get dirty to give clean water to rural communities in East Africa

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Top local athletes, artists, musicians and breweries are joining local schools and businesses and vowing to not take a bath until enough funds are raised to build water systems for impoverished communities in Kenya through the local nonprofit Well AwareWell Aware.

The Shower Strike is Well Aware’s international fundraiser that recruits volunteers to get dirty, “stink it up” and not bathe for one week or until they each raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water in Africa. The strike begins Earth Day, April 22, and runs through midnight April 30.

Those who vow to NOT bathe until funds are raised include:

Case McCoy, former University of Texas quarterback

Five Austin breweries - Thirsty Planet, Circle Brewing Co., Zilker Brewing Company, Hops & Grain and 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative

Saints of Valory, local Austin Billboard...

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Mary Elizabeth Ellis Goes 'Psycho' For Clean Water

April 12, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas, April 12, 2016 PRNewswire

Mary Elizabeth Ellis, star of Fox's "The Grinder" joins a global water strike and vows not to take a bath until enough funds are raised to build water systems for impoverished communities in Kenya through the nonprofit Well Aware.

In addition to boycotting bathing, Ellis relates the horror of living without water by starring in film director Mo Perkins' cheeky adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's iconic "Psycho" shower scene with a twist. This time the blonde is a victim of no water rather than a knife-wielding killer.

Mary Elizabeth Ellis shows the horror of living in a world without water in "Psycho" scene.

Ellis and Perkins are joining Well Aware's Shower Strike, an international fundraiser that recruits volunteers to "stink it up" and not bathe for one week or until they raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water in Africa. The campaign's overall goal is to raise $150,000, which will provide clean water to more than 15,000 people.

"I believe that Well Aware's Shower Strike is an incredible way to...

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Billboard chart-topping Saints of Valory partners with local nonprofit Well Aware in exclusive holiday event

November 18, 2015

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November 18, 2015 Lisa Griffin @ 202-627-9109

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Billboard chart-topping Saints of Valory partners with local nonprofit Well Aware in exclusive holiday event

AUSTIN – Having recently returned from opening for the Rolling Stones, the Saints of Valory will be performing a one-night exclusive show Dec. 12 during a special holiday event to generate awareness for desperately needed water infrastructure in East Africa through local nonprofit Well Aware.

During Well Aware’s holiday event “Rockin’ in a Winter Waterland,” Saints of Valory will play its hits and newly recorded music not yet released to the public from 7-10 p.m. at Vuka, 411 W. Monroe St. The group’s vision for charity work and the overall success of Well Aware’s water systems formed a special partnership that will kick off at this event with the donated concert and continue...

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Well Aware Director Sarah Evans Teams Up With National Geographic Creative And NGOs Worldwide In August

July 29, 2015

AUSTIN – Local Well Aware Executive Director Sarah Evans has become a social philanthropist and a world-sought subject matter expert in water infrastructure to meet the needs of thousands by providing clean water for life.

The head of the local clean water team will be traveling Aug. 8-13 to Haiti with two of her technical team members - a hydrogeologist and an environmental engineer – to advise on water system issues to NGOs there. Evans is then speaking at Austin’s Social Media for Nonprofits conference at Austin Community College Aug. 18. Water from Evans’ last well poured through the hands of more than 4,000 people in Kenya last week.

Evans and her team are also collaborating with local National Geographic Creative photographer Greg Davis, who documented the group’s last Kenya trip and will have a rare, one-night photographic exhibition Aug. 21. The event, to be held at VUKA Austin, will generate awareness for desperately needed water infrastructures.

Just this year alone, Evans and her team exceeded $1 million in funding and have forged seven new...

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National Geographic Creative photographer gives exclusive Austin exhibit to document work of local nonprofit

July 23, 2015

Greg Davis joins Well Aware to show water efforts in Africa

AUSTIN – A rare, one-night photographic exhibition from National Geographic Creative photographer Greg Davis and nonprofit Well Aware will be held in August to generate awareness for desperately needed water infrastructures in East Africa.

Award-winning photographer Davis traveled with Well Aware to Kenya in May to document the organization’s work rebuilding communities there through sustainable clean water systems. He photographed Well Aware’s implementation of a community well in Laikipia that now provides life-saving clean water to more than 4,000 people.

Fifteen special edition images from that trip will be curated and displayed during the one-night exhibition. The event, Journey of Clean Water for Life: Fine Art Photography by Greg Davis, National Geographic Creative, will be Aug. 21 from 7-10 p.m. at VUKA Austin.

It will also feature live music by Erin Ivey, catering by Steve Constantine of ChefATX, beer and wine, and Untouched Poetry by Ryan Ashley. Proceeds will be donated directly to...

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UT Football Quarterback Gets Dirty for Local Charity

Case McCoy joins Austinites in Shower Strike to give clean water to rural communities in East Africa

AUSTIN -Former University of Texas quarterback Case McCoy is “stinking it up” for a local charity.

McCoy is boycotting bathing this week to help raise funds for the nonprofit Well Aware that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Kenya.

McCoy joins more than 200 people in Austin and beyond who are raising thousands of dollars to help build water systems through Well Aware’s Shower Strike. The global annual fundraiser recruits volunteers to stop showering for one week or until they raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water in Africa.

Schools, businesses and other local celebrities across Austin are making a stink for water. Volunteers including St. Michael’s Catholic Academy and Pflugerville Middle School students have vowed not to shower until they raise more than $4,000 for wells in Africa. The campaign’s overall goal is to raise $150,000, which will provide...

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Bathing Boycott Begins

April 16, 2015

Bathing Boycott Begins

Recent tragedies in Kenya lend new urgency to Shower Strike

AUSTIN-Well Aware, the Austin-based nonprofit that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Kenya, will launch its Shower Strike® April 18. The global annual fundraiser recruits volunteers to stop showering for one week or until they raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water. Teams and individuals can sign up at www.ShowerStrike.org. People who want to support the campaign but not go on “Strike” can donate at any time at www.ShowerStrike.org.

“Now that the world’s attention is focused on Kenya after the lives of 148 innocent college students were abruptly taken by terrorism, we have the opportunity to show how easy it can be to help strengthen communities vulnerable to violence,” said Sarah Evans, executive director of Well Aware. “This campaign for clean water as a tool for development enables anyone who wants make a big...

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Three local Africa-focused nonprofits join forces for one cause: a week-long shower boycott for charity

March 27, 2014

The African Leadership Bridge, CTC International join Well Aware

AUSTIN—Two local Africa-focused nonprofits, The African Leadership Bridge and CTC International, recently joined Well Aware as Shower Strike fundraising teams for the first time this year.

Well Aware, the Austin-based nonprofit that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Africa, launched its infamous Shower Strike fundraiser on March 22. Although the similarly aligned organizations are all based in Austin and each provide aid to communities in Africa, they differ in the focus of their efforts and the types of services and support they offer.

CTC International empowers communities in Kenya to create the change, leading to sustainable solutions for everyday life. The African Leadership Bridge provides scholarships to promising young African leaders.

Before deciding to join forces to “stink it up” for Well Aware’s sixth annual Shower Strike, the organizations’...

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Actress Angela Rawnā of Friday Night Lights, Boyhood to boycott showering for one week for charity

March 10, 2014

Rawnā becomes brand ambassador for Well Aware

AUSTIN—Angela Rawnā, Austin-based actress and entrepreneur known for her role in television show Friday Night Lights and in the upcoming Richard Linklater film Boyhood, has been named a brand ambassador for Well Aware and will also participate in the organization’s annual Shower Strike fundraiser.

Well Aware is an Austin-based nonprofit that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Africa. Well Aware’s Shower Strike is a global fundraiser that launches on United Nations World Water Day, March 22, and recruits volunteers to abstain from showering for one week or until they raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water.

As brand ambassador, Rawnā will represent the organization and serve as a spokesperson, to bring more attention and awareness to Well Aware and the need for clean water systems in Africa among new audiences.

Before she learned about Well Aware, Rawnā spent more than a year looking for a nonprofit with a cause that spoke to her. “I was...

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Local man will compete in six iron triathlons on six continents in one year for Well Aware

February 4, 2014

AUSTIN— Bob Shuler will compete in six iron distance triathlons on six continents in 2014 in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record and spark global interest in his cause: raising $10,000 for Well Aware, the Austin-based nonprofit that develops clean water systems in impoverished communities in rural Kenya.

An iron distance triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run. According to Shuler, this challenge does not compare to those faced by women in east Africa, who collectively spend an estimated 200 million hours per day retrieving water.

The 58-year-old completed his first race in Florida earlier this month, and will travel to Australia in March for his second race. Two weeks later, Shuler expects to be in South Africa, then Taiwan, then Spain, and finally Brazil.

During the final running portion of each race, Shuler carries a jerry can with him to raise awareness and as a symbol of the millions of hours spent collecting water by people in parts of Africa.

Shuler works for a company that makes chemicals used to clean...

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Well Aware visits prospective well rehab projects in Kenya to launch new R3 Initiative

January 31, 2014

Well Aware visits prospective well rehab projects in Kenya to launch new R3 Initiative

R3: Recycle, Restore, Revitalize

AUSTIN—A volunteer team and the organization’s executive director just returned from a trip to Kenya to evaluate prospective projects as part of Well Aware’s new R3 Initiative. R3 stands for Recycle, Restore, Revitalize and is a major new focus for the Austin-based organization that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Africa.

The R3 Initiative will identify and prepare 10 broken water systems that are ideal candidates for rehabilitation, applying Well Aware’s sustainability model to see the community where the well is located through to prosperity.

With cost-saving methods including recycling what is already there, the average cost of one of these systems will be reduced by 40 percent or more.

“Approximately 60 percent of the existing wells in Africa don't work because of poor project planning, shortage of technical attention, environmental mistakes, and lack of community involvement,” says...

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Well Aware to launch Shower Strike to raise money for clean water in east Africa

January 29, 2014

One-week shower boycott to begin March 22, 2014

AUSTIN—Well Aware, the Austin-based nonprofit that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Africa, has announced the return of its infamous Shower Strike— a global annual fundraiser that recruits volunteers to abstain from showering for one week or until they raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water.

The sixth annual Shower Strike will launch on United Nations World Water Day, March 22, 2014. Teams and individuals who want participate can sign up online at www.showerstrike.org.

According to Sarah Evans, executive director of Well Aware, the Shower Strike is a ready-made way to give back that equates the first world of plentiful water for all things, to the life-and-death water situation in parts of Africa.

“For the people we are helping, a clean drink of water is a luxury. A shower is unheard of,” says Evans. “This simple, attention-grabbing fundraiser enables anyone who wants to help Well Aware’s cause—individuals, teams, organizations,...

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Well Aware announces new R3 Initiative to rehab existing, non-operational wells in Africa R3: Recycle, Restore, Revitalize

November 5, 2013

AUSTIN—Well Aware, the Austin-based nonprofit that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Africa, has announced a new initiative to rehabilitate existing, non-operational wells. Dubbed R3: Recycle, Restore, and Revitalize, R3 will launch in 2014.

With cost-saving methods including recycling what is already there, the average cost of one of these systems will be reduced by 30 percent or more.

“Approximately 60 percent of the existing wells in Africa don't work because of poor project planning, shortage of technical attention, environmental mistakes, and lack of community involvement,” says Sarah Evans, founder and executive director of Well Aware.

“When funds don’t end up helping a community, it’s not just a well that’s broken. The community becomes devastated by the loss, and the millions of dollars in wasted resources. A broken water well introduces an economic and health disaster for a previously flourishing people, and tears communities apart,” Evans says.

The R3 initiative will identify and prepare 10 broken water systems that are...

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Local charity Well Aware offers ‘voluntourism’ trip to Kenya

November 5, 2013

AUSTIN—Local charity Well Aware, which develops clean water systems in impoverished communities in rural Africa, is now reserving spots for its 2014 “voluntourism” trip to Kenya— a rare opportunity to go on a combination volunteer/tourism trip to Africa for two weeks.

Well Aware’s trip to Kenya, Aug. 3-16 2014, is open to the public. The nonprofit is currently taking reservations for the trip, which has been planned with the help of travel agency JB Journeys.

Participants in the voluntourism trip will travel for a cause as they experience the impact of Well Aware’s sustainable clean water projects, volunteer with local communities, and encounter African wildlife and culture up close and personal.

The carefully planned itinerary includes African adventures of all kinds, visits to Well Aware’s flourishing past water projects, meet and greets with Well Aware’s water projects team, a chance to get to know local communities, and more. The full detailed itinerary is available at...

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Email campaign and generous donor match raise enough to provide water to 750 people

October 15, 2013

AUSTIN—Local charity Well Aware, which develops clean water systems in impoverished communities in rural Kenya, raised $15,000 in two weeks thanks in large part to generous donors who offered a 3-1 match for dollars raised through an email and social media campaign in August. With $15,000 Well Aware can provide clean water to 750 people.

Sammi Casis and Lorraine Thirion offered the match to encourage new donors.

“The two objective reasons behind our support for Well Aware are the efficiency of their operation the sustainability of their projects. They have a very high percentage of funds raised spent directly on field activities. And, they insist that every aspect of their support for communities— such as equipment maintenance, training, consumables—be covered for 10 years. Well Aware will not leave a trail of non-operational wells behind them,” Casis says.

Founder and executive director Sarah Evans says that the impact of donations is one of Well Aware’s most important differentiators from other water charities.

“To know that your donation of, say...

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Smelly Shower Strikers Deliver Life-Saving Water To Kenya

September 12, 2012

KENYA – Austin-based nonprofit Well Aware struck water in Kenya twice this month, starting a flow that will save hundreds of lives in East Africa. Volunteers raised money for the projects by going on Shower Strike until friends and family donated the $80,000 needed to complete the wells.

“It’s amazing to see our incredible supporters Shower Strike in April, then just four months later to watch hundreds of people celebrating the plentiful clean water being pumped from their new water wells,” said Sarah Evans, Well Aware’s founder.

Well Aware’s volunteer technical team just spent an intense three weeks in Kenya:

  • The team successfully drilled a water well for Tania Integrated Rehabilitation Centre, a school near Nairobi for children who have been rescued from early forced marriages, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the streets. The children have been orphaned or abandoned ! many are hearing impaired and have other special needs. The school’s well went dry four months ago and food supplies, hygiene and health were suffering. Approximately 1500 people in the...
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Americans go on ‘Shower Strike’ for Clean Water in East Africa

July 28, 2011

AUSTIN– Well Aware has organized a unique effort to help provide clean water to East Africa, which is suffering from a drought that the United Nations has recently called the worst humanitarian disaster on Earth. The nonprofit has organized more than 100 volunteers who have pledged to not shower until they have each raised at least $1,000 towards clean water projects in Kenya, Africa.

The largely-online fundraising effort, dubbed Shower Strike 2011, (see showerstrike.com) has raised more than $30,000 in small donations in just 48 hours. Well Aware says 100 percent of all donations will go directly to pre-identified clean water projects, including deep water wells, pipeline projects, and rainwater collection systems in the most arid parts of Kenya. Working alongside certified hydrogeologists to identify the most promising geographic areas, Well Aware has already constructed several wells and contributed to pipeline projects that have saved thousands of lives in Kenya. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, referring to the...

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